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Eric Myers
Opera News, November 2016

Bieito’s Carmen is French mezzo Béatrice Uria-Monzon, at the time of this performance a veteran of nearly twenty years’ worth of Carmens. Her tough, visceral, Magnani-style performance is riveting. She begins unsteadily, a bit shy of pitch and weak in the chest register, but her tone soon warms to the task. Her Don José is Roberto Alagna, whose cuddly charm does not make him the ideal personification of the role. Nevertheless, he throws himself into the part with a highly physical, committed performance, and sings with freedom and thrust. It is a pleasure to hear these two Francophone singers delivering the words with such point and clarity. Marina Poplavskaya is a tough-but-touching Micaela who shines in her two big scenes. She blends beautifully with Alagna in their Act I duet and makes a nice dramatic meal of her aria. Erwin Schrott is a suave, Rat Pack Escamillo, clad in suit and fedora. His French is imperfect, but he accommodates the wide vocal range of his aria handily. Conductor Marc Piollet leads the Liceu orchestra in a propulsive reading of the score, full of fire and tension. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, May 2016

An outstanding quartet of vocal stars, led by a “splendid and sensual” (El Periódico) Béatrice Uria-Monzon in the title role, delivers one of the most exciting Carmens in recent years: Roberto Alagna as Don José, Erwin Schrott as Escamillo and Marina Poplavskaya as Micaëla. © 2016 My Classical Notes Read complete review





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